#10 SUPERORGANISM: Superorganism - We got a few singles from this London based collective across 2017. They were goofy songs, with either slowed down or pitched up voices, woozy psychedelic guitars, random sound effects thrown in, and a charismatic Japanese teenage singer called Orono holding it all down on lead vocals. When 2018 kicked off with their 4th song “Everybody Wants To Be Famous”, it was clear this wasn’t just a novelty act with a couple of quirky singles. Like Beck did around 1994, they were standing apart more and more from everyone else, with a natural charm, an offbeat sound, and a cleverness that spelt serious talent. Straighter moments came on the album like “Reflections On The Screen” and “Night Time”, and it all gave a more balanced picture of what they were on about. Once I saw them on stage in July, bringing all the crazed elements together into one celebratory show, I knew their album would make my Top 10 list. How did you rate this LP? If you missed the reveal in my show this week, keep an eye out here and I’ll fill you in on the rest of my fave albums of 2018. And remember to get your votes in if you haven’t already in the triple j listener’s album poll – the voting form is via my bio link. Do it the same time as voting in the Hottest 100! #triplejalbumpoll@sprorgnsm
I got the chance to interview Buzzcocks a couple of times, including singer Pete Shelley. He was a warm, gentle, thoughtful and softly spoken man. The music he wrote and played with his pioneering Manchester band is as vital, exciting, urgent and great today as it was 40 years ago. If you don’t know them, start with this album. Their B-sides were often as good as their A-sides. Thanks Pete Shelley for your songwriting genius.
From listening to her dad’s jazz collection as a kid, to performing in restaurants and on The Voice in her teens, Grace Pitts (aka GRAACE) is now enjoying her first big hit with ‘Last Night’. She spoke to me about her journey so far, her love of Joni Mitchell (“She made me feel comfortable that I didn’t fit into any one genre of singing”), her platinum single collaboration with Hayden James last year, touring with Flight Facilities as their vocalist, and why she’s called her debut EP Self Sabotage. Check it out now in the ‘2018’ podcast or via my bio link. @graacemusic@triple_j
“You can learn lessons from going through a horrible experience. Losing someone you love - it goes without saying - is a nightmare. It’s extraordinarily difficult and life changing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn something about yourself. It doesn’t mean you can’t find a new appreciation for life.” In 2016, the English band Architects suffered the tragic loss of their guitarist and principal songwriter Tom Searle to cancer at the age of 28. Two years on, with the release of their 8th album Holy Hell, Dan Searle (Tom's twin brother and drummer in the group) and singer Sam Carter spoke to me about how they coped after Tom's death, why they continued on as a band, and where Tom appears on their new songs. It’s in the ‘2018’ podcast now, and also via my bio link. @triple_j@architects
“I really wish over the last 12 months he could have been here. Because it’s been quite surreal the journey that’s happened. (But) every time I’m on stage he’s there.” The Wollongong bred/Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tyne-James Organ has made his mark the last year with two impressive singles. With a father in the music business, Tyne-James started out doing covers on YouTube. He connected with an online fanbase quickly, as well as some prominent names on the music scene here. He spoke with me about his life so far, which was hit hard in 2016 with the death of his father to cancer. You’ll find the interview in the ‘2018’ podcast and via my bio link. Tyne plays shows this weekend in both Melbourne and Brisbane for his new single ‘Graceful’. @triple_j
We’ve been lucky this week to be able to bring you Matt Corby’s second album ahead of release. It’s another remarkable record from the guy, where he plays everything himself, as well as owning all those fantastic voices that are layered across each track. I spoke to Matt about the inspiration and process behind creating Rainbow Valley. Find the interview now in the ‘2018’ podcast or via my bio link. @mattcorbyaus@triple_j
Over little more than a year, Kaiit has gone from attending a music mentoring program in Melbourne, to hitting 3 million plus streams with just a handful of songs, supporting The Internet, getting props from Jill Scott, and now a national tour. I caught up with her and did not expect Morrissey would come up in the conversation, but he did. Check it out in the ‘2018’ podcast or via my bio link. @triple_j@kaiit_isshe
From strength to strength. Aussie Sarah Aarons has songwriting credits on Khalid’s new EP and MØ’s second album - both out today. I spoke to Aaron’s back in May about her work and her start in the industry. If you missed it, it’s in the ‘2018’ podcast. @sarah_aarons@thegr8khalid@momomoyouth@triple_j